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Grant Procedures


Guidelines  for Graduate Student Grants and Awards — 2021-2022

Thanks to  generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is able to  offer several different types of grants supporting graduate student research  and travel.

There are several types of grants available:

  • dissertation completion fellowship
  • summer stipends, including the Jack O. Spies and Family summer grant, and
  • several research and travel grants [listed below]
  • NEW: Jewish language instruction grants

 

Please make note that we have set up an email account for our grants program. Be sure to submit your applications to this account, otherwise the faculty review committee will not receive your materials. The email account is: grants_jewishstudies@unc.edu.

NOTE for 2021-2022: Any student awarded a grant from the Center needs to inform us in advance if they will not reside in the United States when the grant is being paid out.


Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: February 2022 at 5:00pm

This  non-service fellowship supports a promising Carolina graduate student working in Jewish Studies in the advanced stages of his or her career at Carolina. The Dissertation Fellowship enables a student to focus full time on his or her scholarship, improving quality and shortening the time  required to complete a Ph.D. degree. This fellowship is available to all students in doctoral programs at Carolina whose work makes a contribution to the interdisciplinary field of Jewish Studies. This fellowship is designed to support students during their final years of graduate study.  Priority may be given to students with a formally approved dissertation prospectus, but students with a clearly defined  project without an approved prospectus are also encouraged to apply. Awardees receive a competitive $18,000 stipend, plus payment for the three-credit dissertation tuition, fees, and health insurance for one academic year. Please review this document for additional requirements and details regarding this fellowship.
Application Form: will be posted in early 2022


Summer stipend (award amounts: up to $5,000)

Deadline: February 2022 at 5:00pm

The purpose of this stipend is to provide support to graduate students working in Jewish Studies who normally do not have sources of support during the summer months. The summer stipend is designed to enable students to focus exclusively on their research and move forward more quickly toward the completion of their degree. Only Carolina students who will be fully enrolled for both the spring semester and fall semester before/after the summer of the award are eligible to apply. In order for the student to be able to  devote her/himself exclusively to this summer research, it is expected that the  student will not be enrolled in any courses or hold any TA, RA or other service  position throughout the summer months. Please review this document for additional requirements and details regarding the summer stipends.
Application Form: will be posted in early 2022


Research and travel grants (award amounts: $500-3,000)

Deadline: February 2022 at 5:00 pm

All research and travel grants will require a single application. By submitting this one application, the faculty review committee will consider your materials for all appropriate research and travel grants. These grants include: Carolina Center for Jewish Studies graduate research and travel grants, Christopher Browning Holocaust studies research and travel grant, the Marcie Cohen Ferris Jewish history / Jewish gender studies research and travel grant, the Frances Carol Eizenstat student travel grant, and the Philip L. and the Melinda R. Kirstein research and travel grant. [Please note that the summer stipends and the year-long dissertation completion fellowship do require separate applications.]

With these grants, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports graduate student research and travel, including travel to present papers at scholarly meetings. These grants can be used to reimburse travel costs pertaining to research projects and/or costs for materials required for research, as well as to reimburse costs for travel, room, board, and registration costs at domestic or international conferences. Applicants must be Carolina students working on a topic in Jewish Studies. Students applying for grants to present at a conference must already have a paper on a Jewish Studies topic accepted for delivery at an academic conference. Please note that for scholarly meetings, the maximum amount of support is $1,000 for a domestic conference and $2,000  for an international conference. Please review this document for for additional requirements and details regarding the various research and travel grants.

Application Form:

The Center’s research and travel grants using the same application include:
Carolina Center for Jewish Studies Research and Travel grants. Award amount: $500-3,000. For undergrad and grad student research and travel, for any subfield of Jewish studies.
Christopher Browning Holocaust Studies Research and Travel grant. Award amount: up to $2,000. With this grant, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports undergraduate and graduate student research and travel related to the field of Holocaust studies.
Frances Carol Eizenstat Student Travel grant. Award amount: up to $3,000. With this grant, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports undergraduate and graduate student travel to sites in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and around the world that are significant for understanding modern Jewish history. Note: for 2021, this grant does not require travel.
Marcie Cohen Ferris Jewish History / Jewish Gender Studies Research and Travel grant. Award amount: up to $2,000. With this grant, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports undergraduate and graduate student research and travel in the fields of Jewish history and/or Jewish gender studies.
And, Philip L. and Melinda R. Kirstein Research and Travel grant. Award amount: up to $2,500. With this grant, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports undergraduate and graduate student research and travel in Jewish Studies with a preference for work on the Jewish experience in the American South.


Jewish language instruction grants (award amounts: $200-750)
Deadline: October 11, 2021 and February 2022 at 5:00pm
Graduate students taking Jewish language courses/workshops outside of Carolina are encouraged to apply for a stipend to offset costs. This is for courses/workshops offered outside of Carolina [such as YIVO] and support is for online or in-person courses. [We cannot provide tuition support for Carolina courses.] Funding is limited and preference will go to students that are active in the Center’s Graduate Student Network. Students must be working in a subfield of Jewish studies at Carolina to be eligible for a grant from the Center. Maximum award amount is $750.
Fall 2021: The Center is accepting requests for support for Jewish language course fees. Current grad students that are enrolling in a language course outside of Carolina during the fall 2021 semester are encouraged to request support. To apply, send a one-page letter that includes a summary of the course, your area of research and how this language skill will impact your research, a short bio or CV that includes your home department and academic advisers, and a brief budget that shows fees for the course and also lists any other support you have received/requested specifically for this course. Send this letter to grants_jewishstudies@unc.edu no later than October 11, 2021. The Center will offer another grant cycle in spring 2022.